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Brixton Mass and Babalou venues up for sale

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by editor, Jan 22, 2012.

  1. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I get the impression both venues have underperformed a bit of late, so I'm not surprised to see them going up for sale.
     
  2. Rushy

    Rushy AKA some / certain posters

    Babalou is currently under investigation by planning enforcement - the old restaurant part (Bah Humbug) never received permission to be changed into a club and also has a restriction not allowing it to open past midnight.
     
  3. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    It looks like Mass is closing - there's a farewell party I just saw a flyer for here:
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    Going to go to that.

    Babalou I couldn't get into, but have had good nights at Mass in the past...distant past though. Haven't been in in ages. Remember the Dillinja Valve Soundsytem Launch - good god - was deaf for a week after that - a ring of speakers around the venue - way too much for the size! Nuts, I was a bit angry about it in fact... really thought Id done permenant damage
     
  4. stethoscope

    stethoscope Well-Known Member

    Shame about Mass if it goes for good. Only got there a couple of times admittedly for DMZ nights but the vibe, size and sound was spot-on.

    I can imagine Valve being absolutely heavyweight in there :eek: :D
     
  5. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I've had an interesting email about the building, and the fact that it's also still being used as a church and houses 12 small offices occupied by charities and small businesses, with a meeting room for hire by the day and a community hall. There's a bit of story here but I'll wait for permission to post up more details.
     
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  6. Brixton Hatter

    Brixton Hatter Home is south London mate

    i met the owner/manager of babalou last summer when i was thinking of doing a party there. It seemed like he'd been having a bit of trouble trying to get decent promoters to do good nights. The venue was definitely a bit underused and we discussed the problem of lack of passing trade and encouraging people to walk down there from the tube - maybe that will change now the fridge has been reopened? The place itself is very nice and they were doing decent thai food...but basically the reason we didn't do the party there was because there's no beer on tap and £4 for a bottle is extortionate. Shame really, the place has potential...

    is it the two venues up for sale, rather than the whole building?
     
  7. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    No. it's not the entire building. I hope to be publishing an article soon with the full story.
     
  8. Laughing Toad

    Laughing Toad Turn the volume down please.

    The building is still owned by the Church of England. The building is leased to The Brix, a charity, which lets out space to other organizations, including Chicks Ltd, which run the Mass and Babalou venues.

    Editor's showing restraint, but the Brix Trustees' annual report is more forthcoming about a possible explanation for their departure.

    It looks like they just didn't want to pay their rent.
     
  9. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

    love that venue and hope it goes to good hands
    used to go to the bug bar quite a bit and mass a fair few times too, could never afford the restaurant tho
     
  10. Brixton Hatter

    Brixton Hatter Home is south London mate

    Yeah the Bug Bar was a great, I had some great nights out in there. The new Babalou incarnation, though smart, is a bit posh for me and doesnt use the space as well as the Bug Bar did.

    Used to go to Mass a lot for techno nights, but prob havent been in there since about 2001. It's a really big space and you need the right number of people (at least 500) otherwise it looks really empty...
     
  11. Brixton Hatter

    Brixton Hatter Home is south London mate

    The entire building? Or just the lease?
     
  12. Laughing Toad

    Laughing Toad Turn the volume down please.

    And from the Soth London Press:

     
  13. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    Gwan then ed - your time to shine :)
     
  14. DJWrongspeed

    DJWrongspeed radio eros

    3rd Base was the home of Dubstep really. Things change I guess and what was great at the time doesn't need re-enacting. Hard venues to run really, Mass is particularly big, hard to club to fill in these recession days.
     
  15. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I'm just getting permission from a source.
     
  16. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    Nah, I meant to run the club :D
     
  17. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Oh, no thanks! I was invited to take over some of the promotion there a while back but I have a golden rule about where I put on my nights: do I normally go there already or would I want to go there regularly.
     
  18. fortyplus

    fortyplus smug git

    The smoking ban has changed the dynamics of entertainment spaces in unexpected ways, and I think it's probably affected these two. One of the reasons the Hoot works so well is that the outside smoking area is on the same level as the dancefloor. Once they've gone downstairs for a fag, smokers tend to stay there. So it's hard to keep the place full enough to feel fun. The few times I've been to Babalou it's always seemed empty, you spend your time wandering round the arches looking for the party. Oh yes, it's upstairs outside in the cold.
     
  19. DJWrongspeed

    DJWrongspeed radio eros

    Which would explain Mass' problem, it's a 'journey' to the outside for a fag. Think the new Electric have got a smokers terrace or something.
     
  20. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    Thats the problem with it for me - the layout is awkward, the sound isn't up to it (it's in a crypt so you can easily go louder), and it's too bright. I'm sure it could be made good. Last time I was there I went to what was a great line up and left after 30mins.
     
  21. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    :eek::D
     
  22. Laughing Toad

    Laughing Toad Turn the volume down please.

    A massive lobster tank, perhaps.
     
  23. jakejb79

    jakejb79 Laughing Cow

    Is Mass really going?, I asked yesterday downstairs at Babalou and they said they was still taking bookings and that Mass was not closing down.
     
  24. Laughing Toad

    Laughing Toad Turn the volume down please.

    From www.dubwisefetival.com

     
  25. jakejb79

    jakejb79 Laughing Cow

    Oh i see, so its the last dub event but not the closure of the club, that is good news.
     
  26. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    Probably a bit of a sales pitch for the gig, but its worked on me!
     
  27. Laughing Toad

    Laughing Toad Turn the volume down please.

    Bump, to remind editor he was going to get permission to post up details of the story here.
     
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  28. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I've written to the person asking them to send me their words, but they haven't responded yet.
     
  29. Laughing Toad

    Laughing Toad Turn the volume down please.

    :(
     
  30. Rushy

    Rushy AKA some / certain posters

    Go on. Give us a clue!
     

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